Direct Services for Teenaged Sex Trafficking Victims
Free the Captives is a direct service provider for teenaged victims of sex trafficking in the greater Houston area. We serve primarily trafficking victims between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. We also continue to provide services for our girls after they turn 18. It is our goal to provide this population with excellent, top notch services and individualized care. Through our programs and services, we provide a safe, nurturing environment for these girls to rebuild their lives.
Rescue Assistance for Victims
If a family member or someone in the community is being trafficked, Free the Captives can connect you to the appropriate law enforcement agencies and nonprofits that work to rescue victims of sex trafficking. We work closely with law enforcement to help families find their trafficked child.
Free the Captives offers a weekly support group for teenaged sex trafficking victims. It is a safe, nurturing environment for the girls to share about their experiences in a non-judgmental setting. This has been one of our most successful programs for the girls. They have been able to open up and share at an in depth level that facilitates their restoration and rehabilitation process. The girls are finding that they are not alone, and there is hope and healing. Each meeting begins with a hot meal, which is followed by sharing and discussion. Also, girls are provided with material and financial support if needed and the services listed below.
Safe Home Referrals
Free the Captives connects trafficking victims to safe homes in the Houston area and nationally. We will refer and help place girls in a home or facility that is geared specifically for victims of sex trafficking. In these homes, victims are safe from their trafficker and receive counseling, an education, medical attention, and many other essential services.
Free the Captives believes that education is a vital component for survivors to build a new life. We provide incentives to survivors of sex trafficking to encourage them to complete their education, whether it is their GED, high school diploma, technical training, or college. To help them accomplish these goals, we provide individualized tutoring and GED services. We also provide scholarships to victims who are attending college and have participated in our support and mentoring programs.
Free the Captives works hard to provide the girls with job training, which includes interviewing skills, dressing for the workplace, developing a strong work ethic, and interfacing with customers. We also assist the girls in their job search. Getting a job is the number one goal for many of these girls.
After helping survivors gain employment, Free the Captives works with them and their families on stabilizing their financial situation. These services include mentoring, developing a monthly budget, and empowering them to make wise financial decisions.
Medical, Dental and Material Needs
Free the Captives assists survivors by providing for their physical needs, including medical, dental and material needs. Material needs include clothing, groceries, and furniture. Free the Captives is seeking medical and dental professionals, who are willing to donate their services for survivors of human trafficking. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are able to help.
Advocacy and Legal Services
Free the Captives provides legal services, that are free or low cost, to both domestic and international trafficking victims. We assist families with navigating the legal system. We also expunge the records of victims of juveniles and assist international victims with obtaining their T-visa and adjustment of status.